The Golf Bursary Fund

BURSARIES AT WINCHESTER
William of Wykeham founded Winchester College to benefit and educate 70 “poor and needy scholars”. His vision and generosity continue to guide the School today and are as relevant as ever in these challenging times.

The Governing Body is determined to ensure that any capable boy should be able to benefit from a Winchester education, irrespective of his parents' financial means. Demand for help towards meeting School fees is increasing. There are currently 128 boys (one in five) receiving bursaries at a cost of £3.3million. Fourteen boys will be in receipt of 100% bursary awards.

THE GOLF BURSARY FUND
Winchester places a great deal of emphasis on the development of personal goal setting, the ability to work independently, constructive self-criticism and the determination to improve. Golf is a game that assists the attainment of these objectives and skills particularly effectively and, in the view of the current Headmaster and his immediate predecessor, suits Winchester men well. Thus, the School has supported the offer of bursarial assistance to academically able boys with golfing talent who wish to combine a continuing commitment to golf with their studies.

An OW golfing family established the Golf Bursary Fund in 2012 and since then Winchester has worked hard to promote the opportunity to suitable candidates (and their parents) and enable them to benefit from the Winchester College experience. These efforts have proved to be extremely successful and there are now three current Wykehamists in receipt of a golf bursary, and two boys who have finished their time in the School, all excellent golfers who have been supported by the Fund.

The School, for its part, agreed that there would in future always be a master in charge of golf who had a low single figure handicap and the necessary experience and enthusiasm to instill the values and etiquette of good quality amateur golf.  Rob Moore, who is a member of Hockley and the Berkshire and has a handicap of three, is the current master in charge.  He brings great competitive knowledge, having represented Great Britain at hockey in three Olympics and many international matches.

THE GOLF BURSARY FUND RECIPIENTS      
This exceptional opportunity has so far allowed five boys to be bursary recipients, two who are now at university. The three current recipients are all doing extremely well and one in particular who is now in VBk, has recently won the Douglas Johns Trophy at Harewood Downs, an open competition for boys under 15 on January 1. His scores of 66 and 67 brought his handicap down to scratch. Former winners include Justin Rose and Luke Donald.

Read more about former bursary recipients, Jack Keating (C, 2009 – 14) and Sergej Stojiljkovic (F, 2013 - 17)

THE VISION
The Headmaster is delighted with the impact this fund is making, both in terms of golf played at the School and on families who would otherwise be unable to benefit from a Wykehamical education (and, in all cases, were unaware of Winchester and what it had to offer).  The Golf Bursary Fund has made a measurable difference to both the School and the boys who are receiving support towards the School fees. Read comment from the Registrar and the Master-in-Charge of Golf.

TODAY AND THE FUTURE
There are three current Wykehamists in receipt of Golf Bursaries, at a cost of £80,000. The Fund today contributes £36,000 annually towards the total, and the shortfall is coming from the School’s general bursary funds, which are already overspent.

The Golf Bursary Fund Committee aims to have the capacity to offer up to five boys at any one time an average of 50% golf bursaries, so that there can be one recipient in each academic year at the School. To achieve this vision, the Golf Bursary Fund needs a minimum endowment of £3,000,000.

We have already built on the generous initial gifts with further gifts and pledges. The current capital secured is £2,300,000 in cash and pledges and therefore there is an urgent need to raise a further £700,000 in order to guarantee a thriving future for golf at Winchester and to help transform young lives through the amazing education provided by the School.

HOW TO DONATE
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Information on alternative ways to give can be found here

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